Woordfees 2017

The Old Vine Project, begun by viticulturist Rosa Kruger with support from businessman Johann Rupert in 2005, was formalised last year – Jaco Englebrecht consulting on viticulture and André Morgenthal, formerly of WOSA, heading up communications. Last night, the two presented a public tasting as part of the University of Stellenbosch’s annual Woordfees, the line-up…

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Mulching and soil temperatures

We have a little experiment on a farm in the Voor-Perdeberg area. It is a block of Cabernet Sauvignon with supplementary irrigation (not the one in the photo, that is Cinsaut for The Blacksmith Barebones). The soil form is Klapmuts of the Malmesbury Shale family, with a moderate water permeability.

By Jaco Engelbrecht | www.visualviticulture.co.za

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A DAY OUT WITH CHRIS ALHEIT

André Morgenthal and myself met up with the bloke from Bishops in the Bottelary Hills early this morning. Our mission for the day was to discuss the economics of old vines and to visit some of these vineyards. It was a stunning day to be out in the office, with the sunrise blessing the stunning hills in Bottelary.

By Jaco Engelbrecht | www.visualviticulture.co.za

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MAPPING OLD VINEYARDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

As part of my job at the Old Vines Project I will map all the vineyards older than 35 years. First I’m doing just the regions. Then I will have to find all the vineyards and GPS them and then each one of them will get their own terrain analysis done, including Area Solar Radiation.

By Jaco Engelbrecht | www.visualviticulture.co.za

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